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Bernie Sanders Gains Quick Relief After Suing Democratic National Committee

On Friday, December 18, the Bernie Sanders campaign filed a federal lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, charging that the party was in breach of contract for cutting off the campaign’s access to the party’s voter list. On the evening of December 18, the party said it would restore Sanders’ access to its voter list. The case is Bernie 2016, Inc. v DNC Services Corporation, d/b/a/ Democratic National Committee, 1:15cv-2211. The case had been filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and is assigned to Judge Tanya Chutkan, an Obama appointee. Sanders has not dismissed his lawsuit.

Sanders’ Complaint quotes the agreement between the party and the campaign: “Either party may terminate this Agreement in the event that the other party breaches this Agreement; the non-breaching party sends written notice to the breaching party describing the breach; and the breaching party does not cure the breach to the satisfaction of the non-breaching party within 10 days following its receipt of such notice.”

Sanders argues the party violated the agreement by cutting off his access immediately, instead of waiting 10 days. The party had curtailed his access because some employees of the Sanders campaign had discovered a method to briefly see some voter files that the Clinton campaign had sent to the party. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link to the Complaint.

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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